Origin of variola
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This looks as if poccas had been the Anglo-Saxon translation of variola.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)
He must learn that diphtheria is, or may be, as dangerous a passenger as variola.
In scarlet fever, measles, and variola there is a state of equilibrium between the skin and the intestinal mucous membrane.
In measles it is more frequently the former; in scarlatina and variola it comes later as a complication.
In variola the rosy shallow ulcer and healthy pus, with the acutely tumefied glands, should not be mistaken, at least after a day.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
- the technical name for smallpox
C18: from Medieval Latin: disease marked by little spots, from Latin varius spotted
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Word Origin and History for variola
"smallpox," 1771, from medical Latin diminutive of Latin varius "changing, various," in this case "speckled" (see vary).
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- See smallpox.
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